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Do I need to give my baby a helmet if he has a flat head?

Do I need to give my baby a helmet if he has a flat head?

No: Depending on the type of head deformity, such as in the case of craniosynostosis or premature closure of the plates forming the newborn skull, the treatment is surgery and is emergent. Your doctor can help you know if your child has this condition. ...Read more

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Are helmets the only way to reshape a 9 month old head? She has flat head that is noticeable.

Are helmets the only way to reshape a 9 month old head? She has flat head that is noticeable.

Pretty much: This is our standard of care for a baby to reshape head. Keep in mind she's up and around much more than she used to be so this may continue to improve on its own. What does your pediatrician say about it? Are her fontanelles still open? A plastics referral may be in order. ...Read more

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Im 17 with flat head, distance between my forhead and back of my head is ridicoulas. Is there no way this can be fixed without crainio a helmet maybe?

Im 17 with flat head, distance between my forhead and back of my head is ridicoulas. Is there no way this can be fixed without crainio a helmet maybe?

No: The cranial bones of an infant are not fused together, which allows for expansion as the brain grows. Because of this a helmet can correct a deformity in an infants skull. By the age of 17 most skull bones are fused and immovable. ...Read more

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My child has flat head and my pediatrician doesn't recommend helmets. What should I do? She is 8 1/2 months old.

My child has flat head and my pediatrician doesn't recommend helmets. What should I do? She is 8 1/2 months old.

2nd opinion: The term flat head is not very specific. A few may benefit from helmet therapy while a lot self correct. If the idea of waiting to see bothers you,get a 2nd opinion form another doc with appropriate experience evaluating these cases. ...Read more

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Docs, could a babies flat head hurt their brain growth in anyway?

Docs, could a babies flat head hurt their brain growth in anyway?

No brain injury: positional plagiocephaly means flattening of one side of skull usually becaue the babe always lies in the same position. Cosmetic problem only, however try to prevent by 'Tummy Time' and placing babe in different positions in car seat. ...Read more

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I am very concerned about my baby's flat head syndrome. I am doing everything i can but i'm still worried her head will stay like that. Please give me?

I am very concerned about my baby's flat head syndrome. I am doing everything i can but i'm still worried her head will stay like that. Please give me?

Tummy time for play,: Back to sleep. See the aap's healthy child app or online at www.Aap.Org for age-appropriate toys & teaching. If there is no premature closure of sutures, the spaces between the skull bones, no treatment is needed. ...Read more

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What if my older infant still has an unusual head shape?

What if my older infant still has an unusual head shape?

Get an x-ray: If the head shape has not normalized by 3 months of age, skull x-rays should be taken to be certain that all of the separations ("sutures") between the skull bones are open. If they are open, the baby might be referred for evaluation for a skull molding helmet. If there is a question about the bones of the skull, a ct scan may be ordered to clarify the situation. ...Read more